Tips and Tricks When Flying Multiple Types of Planes

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Hello everyone and welcome back to my aviation blog. I hope everyone is doing well and flying safe. Today I want to share some tips and tricks for people who fly multiple types of planes on a regular basis. I, as well as many people, fly more than one type of aircraft on a fairly regular basis. Though not inherantly dangerous, it is easy to mix up procedures and speeds between the airplanes. I fly a 1971 Cessna 172L for our aerial tours and aerial survey work. I also fly a 1969 Cessna 182 for the local skydive club which has its own set of speeds and operating procedures specific to the modifications done to the plane for skydiving. The third plane I fly is a 1979 Cessna R182 with retractable landing gear. When it comes down to it, flying is flying, but it isn’t always easy keeping in my head the three seperate planes procedures and V speeds.

My first tip is a simple one. A cheat sheet as I call it. A sheet that I keep in my kneeboard that has the V speeds for the three different aircraft. I also have a specific checklist for the skydivers’ 182 because of special power settings when they jump so the prop doesn’t blast the jumpers. The cheat sheet allows at a glance to check everything you would need in flight like V speeds and power settings. It’s also small and very to the point so I can get the information I need at a glance.

My second tip is to keep familiar with your emergency procedures. I like to read them about once a week. I would always back that up with a checklist if I was inflight and had a problem but that helps with the memory items you do before grabbing the checklist. You may find when flying airplanes in the same family like I do, they have many similarities in emergency procedures. There also may be some similarities in normal operating procedures. A good example is I use CCGUMPS (Carb Heat, Cowl Flaps, Gas, Undercarriage, Mixture, Prop, Switches) in all three airplanes before landing to double check that I am configured for landing. Not every plane has all of whats on there but it still works.  The 172 especially just has less steps.

The third tip I would offer up is to fly often in each type of plane. I am lucky that I fly these airplanes for many hours a month. This keeps currency and helps with keeping procedures seperate. I list this as a lower priority though because everyone knows flying isn’t cheap. It is a great help, however, if that isn’t an option for you then the above mentioned tips are a quick and budget friendly solution.

These three tips are just three of many that are out there.  I want to hear from you what tips you use if you fly multiple types of aircraft. Please leave a tip in the comment box.

Well everyone, that is all for today. If you have a topic you would like me to cover please leave a suggestion in the comment box or email me at I would love to hear from you all. Until next time remember to keep the greasy side down and fly safe out there.



Michael Cornelius

Flight Operations Manager / Pilot

Winterset Aviation Services



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